“Cinderella’s Ride”

A statement piece of stained glass on repurposed black frame window art “Cinderella’s Ride” available just in time for the fall decorating season.  This and other pieces of Wendy’s original artwork may be found in our online store at WendyJames.com or visit the Sunbear Studio Art and Antiques Gallery in Alexandria, OH.

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Jumpin Joy!

Today, sitting in my white wicker rocker on the back porch, drinking VERY strong coffee (albeit decaf so I’m not sure it counts), I’m reminded of another steamy, hot summer day when my family and I were on tour with our Wendy and the James Gang shows (visit the bio on this website to learn more).

As a child growing up in the United Brethren church, for 13 years, I spent a week of each summer attending our church camp – Camp Living Waters in Luther, MI, near the Cadillac area.  Those weeks were a blast and I loved every minute of them.  So, as an adult, I wanted to take my family to the camp to visit.

On this particular day, we were quite exhausted from a heavy schedule and REALLY ready for a day off from concerts and touring.   Throughout the summer I had been composing the music for our second show and we were working on deadlines with our friend and producer, Russell Mauldin, of Nashville. David was off with our two boys exploring the camp and I was down on the dock on a day like today, resting and thinking and praying.  And sleeping a bit!  I remember looking out over the placid water of the reflecting lake and viewing the lily pads along the edge with humming dragon flies hovering over the blooms.  Suddenly, a fish jumped near me and I was filled with this inexplicable joy.  Then in my prayerfulness images of these colorful fish diving deep and barreling for the surface like dolphins in a water show and breaking the surface with a shower of rainbow sparkled spray and drops shimmering out in all directions came to me.  I was delighted by the playful fish dancing before me and a song popped into my head which I quickly scribbled down.

The name of the song?  Jumpin Joy – the opening song of our second project and tour:  The Song of the King!

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JUMPIN’ JOY

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!
Hey will you look at that!
Joy bubblin o’er my soul
Think I’m gonna lose control!

Joy, joy, joy – I’ve got the jumpin’ jumpin’
Joy, joy, joy – I’ve got the jumpin’ jumpin’
Joy, joy, joy – I’ve got the jumpin’ jumpin’
Joy, oh joy, oh joy – joy joy!

I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart to stay.

It’s an awesome feelin’
Really sends me reelin’
Right into my Savior’s arms
I’ve gotta jump and shout it,
Tell the world about it
It’s a red hot, melting pot
Fire alarm!

I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart to stay.

Can you feel it too?
Does he live in you?
Did he take your sins away?
Then get on up on your feet.
Can you feel the beat?
Of that joy jumpin’ down
In your soul today! Yea, Yea

I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart to stay.

Oh-oh, it’s not gonna
Stay down in my heart
No, it’s not gonna
Stay down in my heart
Oh, it’s not gonna
Stay down in my heart
Cause it’s reachin’ out to you
And you and you!

I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart to stay.

I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart
Down in my heart
I’ve got the jumpin’ joy of Jesus
Livin’ down in my heart to stay.

© 2003 Wendy James (BMI) / Kingdomrock Music (BMI)

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

Autumn is one of the boldest seasons of change in nature.  In the spectrum of colors on the wheel, reds, oranges and yellows are the most intense.  Set against the crisp, deep azure sky and the canvas of alabaster cumulus clouds, or contrasting a completely fuzzy gray, dreary, hazy sky, those crimsons, red-oranges and amber-yellows pop out and say, ‘Do not tarry! Do not tarry! The cold winds of winter are coming over the mountain.  The heavy frost is soon upon the ground.  Do not tarry! Do not tarry!  Bring the harvest in today.’

I find myself in those heady autumn years as many of you are, also.  Blessings abound as so many colored leaves.  Regrets and looking back are useless, unless to remind us of a better way to live.  Remembering what we did for good is only helpful to spur us on to finish strong.  The coming rest of old age may seem strangely alluring as we struggle on in the here and now attempting to store up and shore up for retirement.  Yet, we can begin to see as we take care of those before us how with the rest will come a largely diminished ability to accomplish the great goals of our youth.

And so, it is with renewed vigor that we glance up at the canopy of leaves over our daily walk and we feel the need to reevaluate, reinvent, rediscover, renew the purposes for which we were sent – to make sure that we finish what we started to the glory of God and to the best of our ability.  Not striving. Not simply surviving.  But finding it again and finishing it.

Did we change the world?  We set out to.  Did we blaze a pioneering trail?  We meant to.  Did we challenge the youth and those who come behind us?  We hope so.   Are we – have we drifted into complacency about retiring as though already half dead?

Listen to the rustle of the ever-changing leaves,
Listen to the locusts singing, chirping on the breeze,
Look inside your heart of hearts.
Focus on the needs.
And Lord help us laborers
To finish all our deeds.
Amen.

“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who HOPE IN THE LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:28-31. NIV

WJ 

Weathervane Playhouse

Way  to go Amanda in your Weathervane Playhouse debut roles as The Judge in the courtroom scene and The Client in “Bend and Snap”from The Summer Youth Theater musical production of “Legally Blonde”.   We heard great things about your beautiful voice from many people!  Keep up the great work Amanda!

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Congratulations Addie & Kaitlyn!

Two young ladies have auditioned for and have been given a spot in a select Granville High School group that performs regionally and features “mash up” pop stylings and tight a  capella harmonies in the order of Glee arrangements.

Congratulations to vocal students Addie Mitchell and Kaitlyn Cline on making Aceapellas!

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Angela M – CD Release!

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I want to introduce you to my beautiful friend and vocal student, Angela Mate.
She recently released her first Christian Praise and Worship CD project.
My husband David and I were so privileged to support her at her big kick off debut in Lewis Center (Columbus OH area).
She and the talented group of musicians with her had everyone dancing and worshipping the Lord!
We are so proud of your witness for Christ and of your music, Angela!

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Angela M's awesome new CD project featuring her own songs of worship and praise recorded by J Power Studio!

Angela M’s awesome new CD project featuring her own songs of worship and praise recorded by J Power Studio!

Angela singing with her two girls, Faith and Hope, and the whole bunch! Exuberant kids singing for Jesus!

Angela singing with her two girls, Faith and Hope, and the whole bunch! Exuberant kids singing for Jesus!

Angela pauses during album signing for a quick shot with Wendy. Thanks Angela :)

Angela pauses during album signing for a quick shot with Wendy. Thanks Angela 🙂

Dear Wendy, Thank you so much for doing this for me. I truly appreciate. I pray that it blesses and speaks to someone.
Blessings,
Angela

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
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Ladies Chorus

Granville High School concerts are such a treat to attend and the choirs take top honors at contests.  Kudos to the fine directors of all of the ensembles at Granville.  Two of my students are participating in this ladies chorus, Kaitlyn and Addie.  Beautiful singing girls!